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On Forgiveness

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Forgiveness. Talked about it with friends over lunch a couple of Sundays ago. Does one have to forgive those who don’t ask for it? The Bible says to forgive as Christ forgave us and I John says if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse us . . . […]

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How ’bout them Cowboys!

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Watched Dallas beat New Orleans at a sports bar last night. Went there with sons Jon and Jeremy. They had their Shiner Bocks and I had ice tea with lemon. I am so uncool. Being friends with one’s children is a great gift. Sadly, it didn’t happen for me until mine were grown. Of course, […]

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A Toast and a Prayer

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In the Spring of 2001, Dr. Mary Dodson and I brought the annual Southwest C. S. Lewis and Inklings Society conference to Amarillo College. Dr. Stanley Mattson of the Lewis Foundation and Dr. Louis Markos from Houston Baptist University were our speakers. I told this story last night as we sat around a table at […]

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Remembering the Mighty Mites

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I’m reading Jim Dent’s Twelve Mighty Orphans, the true story of a bunch of undersized, underfunded boys from a tiny Fort Worth orphanage who became the darlings of Texas high school football in the 1930’s and ’40’s. Wearing scarred helmets and faded jerseys that didn’t match, they defeated some of the biggest and richest schools […]

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Doubly Blessed

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Yesterday, took time to walk around Marathon and made some discoveries. The first is the most obvious, yet maybe the most overlooked. It has to do with the nature of discovery itself. One doesn’t discover¬† if one isn’t looking. Marathon is bigger than it seems. It has a sizeable fire station, two banks, a school, […]

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First Ever, Last Ever, Big Bend Driving Marathon

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A brochure in the Big Bend visitor center has a chart recommending driving tours based on driving times (the number of days you will be in the park).¬† Basically, there are several one-day selections and one three-day selection. My biking buddies and my children know where I’m going with this blog. You see, I have […]

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Big Bend Day Two

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Need to add a corollary to Einstein’s theory. Time is not only relative to speed and mass, but familiarity and mystery. Our drive to Big Bend yesterday took about the same clicks on the clock it takes to get to Dallas, but, in my mind, it was a longer trip, a much longer trip. Because, […]

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Big Bend Day One

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Today, about 6:30 a.m., Charlotte and I begin an adventure. It all started last year when, for our 40th wedding anniversary, we thought of going on a Caribbean cruise. But somehow the thought of sunning ourselves on a deck next to 20-year-olds in swimming suits didn’t sound all that fun. But we did like the […]

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Solitude Is My Friend

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Said I’d tell you what I wrote, but I can’t really. Not in a blog. For I filled 65 college-ruled pages with tight cursive, probably in excess of 13,000 words. I wrote of my complaints, my anger, guilt, frustrations, fears, hopes, joys and insights. I even wrote my prayers. Following is a small taste: “I […]

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January in Taos

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Charlotte flies back today. Woohoo! Those who know us well know that we’re rarely apart, even for a night. Codependent? Don’t think so. More like best friends. We just enjoy hanging out together. Not that the absence hasn’t been good, for both of us. For Charlotte because she got to see Joni and fam. For […]